Milwaukee Brewers: Triple-A Outfield, Rotation Overloaded with Talent

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Mar 3, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Lewis Brinson (70) hits a single during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Lewis Brinson (70) hits a single during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Now on to the outfielders who should be in AAA, but haven’t been officially announced.

  • Michael Reed || Age 24 || AAA stats: .731 OPS (640 PA) || Prospect rank: 28

Reed has reached the Majors in each of the last two seasons, but looks destined to begin in AAA again in 2017. Reed is a tweener, as he is not a stellar centerfielder defensively, and he lacks the preferred power of a corner outfielder.

This makes Reed a likely bench player at the Major League level, who specializes in on-base percentage, but he faces serious competition for even that job with the Brewers current crop of outfielders.

Reed has good speed, swiping 105 bags over the last four minor league seasons.

  • Kyle Wren || Age 25 || AAA stats: .736 OPS (634 PA) || Prospect rank: N/A

Wren is a lot like Reed, but with a better hit tool, though less power. Between Double- and Triple-A in 2016, Wren slashed .322/.412/.412 with two home runs, but also eight triples.

He’s likely a truer centerfielder than Reed, but with a lesser arm. Like Reed, Wren is quick, and swipes a lot of bags (111 since 2014). Unlike Reed, Wren has the significant advantage of hitting left-handed.

I think Wren has the Big League edge over Reed here, especially coming off of a better year. Still, one or both of them may have to find their Big League footing with a less outfield-heavy organization.

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